Politics @ Surrey

The blog of the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey

New Year’s Long Read: Trust, Loaned Votes and Post Mortems: A Two-Part Review of the 2019 UK General Election

Part II : Labour Retrospective – How to Lose an Election[1] From a short-term perspective, Labour’s key problems since the 2016 Referendum have been its leadership, and its approach to Brexit; its general election campaign added another one: an indefensibly over-blown election manifesto. By the time polling day rolled around, Corbyn had left his potential […]


The Ethics of Drone Strikes in the Middle East

General Soleimani: lawful target or shaky ground? The killing of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani via a US drone strike at Baghdad Airport on 3 January 2020 has rightly caught the world’s attention. Some commentators, such as the current UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Agnes Callamard, have pointed out the controversial […]


What ever happened to euroscepticism?

This post was originally part of the “UK Election Analysis 2019” project, run by Dan Jackson, Einar Thorsen, Darren Lilleker and Nathalie Weidhase at Bournemouth. One of the defining features of British politics in recent decades has been the critical discussion of European integration. And this election was called because of a major issue about […]


New Year’s Long Read: Trust, Loaned Votes and Post Mortems: A Two-Part Review of the 2019 UK General Election

Part 1: Go Big or Go Home By the time St Ives had declared as the final seat in the December 2019 UK General Election, the post-mortem into Labour’s fourth consecutive loss had begun. Jeremy Corbyn had already announced in the early hours of the morning of 13th December that he would indeed stand down […]


Was the Killing of Qassem Soleimani Legitimate?

How should we judge the US’s lethal drone strike against Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on 3 January in Baghdad? By any standards this was a massive moment not just in terms of the politics of the Middle East but of international affairs more generally: a senior official of a government with whom the US is […]


Brexit: What have we learnt so far?

Last week’s election appears to be bringing the first phase of Brexit towards a close. The resounding majority won by the Conservatives sets the door wide open for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which in turn will result in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, some four-and-a-half years […]


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